Trained at the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center through their intensive week long classes.
Ever since our bread class we bought every book on bread that we could get our eyes and hands on, it became an educational obsession, we couldn’t learn enough about it, we unleashed a thirst for learning about food and bread that couldn’t be quenched - and that’s how we still feel about it!
It was an early Saturday morning; the sun is just starting to rise. We are quickly filling the vehicle to the brim with folding tables, tablecloths, napkins, coolers, menus, a cash register… and bread, lots of bread! This was the ultimate jigsaw puzzle (we still don’t know how we fit it all in one trip…). It was the Jacksonville Farmers Market, 2012.
This was where it all started. Nervous and anxious about how our tent would set up we did a practice run the night before at midnight. So much activity at night brought us a visit from the local police department wondering what was going on. Not amused but convinced that we were not committing a crime he left.
We also worried about if we would sell anything at all that day. We both waited with anticipation. The market started and soon there were market goers that all knew the vendors, laughing and catching up. Nobody was coming to our tent. We were greeting people walking by, in an awkward and nervous way. Still nobody was stopping by.
Then, one man stopped… Looked at us, looked at the bread, looked back at us, and calmingly dipped his head and walked under our tent. That man was Art Gould. He pleasantly greeted us and we gave him samples of everything we had. He was trying a sample of our focaccia bread. He took a bite and as he was chewing he was looking at the bread and examining it. We were on edge hanging on his every response or cue for feedback. To break the silence he exclaimed “Wow! This is great!” He quickly called over his wife Judy. We soon after received the nickname from the market as “The Bread Brothers.”
They were our first market customers. Fascinating enough two years later, after renovating an old vacant Chinese restaurant, we opened our doors at our retail location. Another slow start… – we hear the door chime… first two people to walk through the door… to our amazement and joy its Art and Judy Gould. They are the bakery’s first customers. Twice! – On our first market day and our first retail day. Its things like this that we will never forget. This is one of many instances where our customers’ support has warmed our hearts and helped motivate us. We have the best customers and there is absolutely zero chance that we could do it without you, any of you, from the 2012 market to this upcoming weekend.. Thank you all for being a part of this journey. It’s been a long trip but we’ve had plenty of great company.